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This course provides students with an introduction to sociological analysis and an overview of sociology as a discipline. We will focus on the relationship of individuals to the social world and become acquainted with systematic institutional analysis. Students will explore the intersection of biography, history, culture, and social structure as seen in the work of classical and contemporary social thinkers, including Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel, and Goffman. Special consideration will be given to the social and cultural problems of capitalism, rationality and irrationality in modern institutions and organizations, the psychological dilemmas facing the individual in modern society, and the problem of social order and conflict. Please note that the class will be taught in two sections: one meeting on campus, the other meeting remotely via Zoom. Make sure to register for the correct one!
Format: lecture; This class is a combination of lecture and discussion, and it is offered in two sections. The section listed as 01, with Prof. Simko, will adhere to the traditional format as far as possible, meeting predominantly on campus. The section listed as R2, with Prof. Koryushkina, will meet remotely. It will feature a combination of synchronous lectures and discussions via Zoom, and some measure of asynchronous work. Both sections will engage the same key questions, albeit through different means.
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
several short papers, a group presentation, and a final
first-year students and sophomores